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I had the Samsung Blade for 2 years with my Vodafone contract - I had the pink version of the phone. The design of the phone is very appealing - compact and sleek. The phone was very user-friendly, especially if you have used Samsung phones previously (the menus are pretty consistent between phones). The Blade has a 3.2MP camera which is ample for taking quick shots while out and about. Internet access on the phone via 3G is reasonably fast (I was however dissapointed that the Blade does not have WiFi). The touchscreen is very responsive and the screen is of a reasonable size. Agreeing with other people who have reviewed the phone, I found it annoying when making calls that require you to select numbers during the call as the screen locks during calls and it is a pain to try and get the keypad back up. Then when the keypad is up on the screen, you can easily press buttons with your ear!! The battery life of the phone is reasonably good - lasting about 3 days with moderate use.
I requested this product be put up for review on dooyoo as I wanted to give my two-penneth worth on it so I'm very happy it's up now!
Well I have owned this phone for four months now. I wanted a touchscreen phone that was not too flashy or confusing!
My initial thoughts were that the phone was a bit cheap and plasticy looking and I was worried about the back getting scratched as it's quite a high shine plastic. After four months use there are no scratches despite having been dropped outside a number of times - so it is certainly robust on the plastic cover. However it dropped out of my pocket one day onto a patio slab. When I picked it up I found that the touchscreen had shattered all the way across in many places. I had a touchscreen phone for 2 years before this one and that one was dropped countless times but was always fine, so I would have to say that the touchscreen on this one is not particularly robust. However it must be said that I can still use it, despite the shatteredness and a small hole!
Anyway enough of my clumsiness! The phone is pretty easy to understand and the menu screen is clear if somewhat gaudily coloured. I feel that this really is aimed at people who are more into the social networking type of thing as it has apps for facebook, myspace, youtube, flickr, photobucket and friendster already installed.
The menu screen has instant access to all the things you need such as messaging, alrams, contacts and organiser.
The touch screen is responsive but you cannot use a stylus, it has to be a finger. This can make things like browsing web pages a little fiddly but there is a zoom function.
Texting takes some getting used to. It has standard T9 which is useful but the lack of apostrophies when scrolling through the punctuation is annoying if you are not into texting in proper English! It predicts words you are typing and gives a list of them you can scroll through. But if you go past the one you want you can't go back and have to start again!
It is a bit annoying but I have learned to cope with it.
The battery life is excellent. I can use it for 4+ days without it needing a recharge. The call quality is also good - much better than my previous LG and the signal is better too.
The camera is fine. 3.2mp and takes good quality shots for a cheaper cam-phone. You will need a storage card as the internal memory is very small.You can use it as an MP3 player but I have not done this.
I was quite satisfied with it. Until I shattered the touchscreen!!!
I received the Samsung blade in pink when I renewed my contract with Vodafone. The phone is really easy to use for its main functions i.e. to make calls, to send texts and take photos. To take photos the phone is turned on its side and the button to press is on the top - this makes it seem like a normal camera. One of the reasons I picked this phone was because I wanted a large touch-screen so that I could use the internet with ease. I was not disappointed I frequently visit ebay and facebook which are easily viewed and used.
The only negative point I have with the phone is that when phoning a number that has an automated system (where you have to press a number on the phones keypad) it is not very simple to switch on the keypad. Also you need to remember to switch the keypad off before you speak to someone otherwise your ear will keep pressing buttons!
I got the pink blade which I really like but the colour has got slightly worn on the corners after rattling around my handbag.
I general I really like this phone and am not looking to change it before my contract ends.